TV News: Will Downton Abbey Continue Beyond Season 6? And more


Empire, Gotham, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Not terribly surprising that FOX has renewed it’s popular new drama Empire after only a couple of episodes. It’s not only getting good ratings and decent reviews, it’s gotten a lot of buzz. Gotham too has been a hit in the 18-49 demographic advertisers love so much. Both shows are in the top 5. The already popular Brooklyn Nine-Nine has also increased its ratings in its new Sunday slot and it has been picked up for a third season. (TV Line)

Downton Abbey. Well, it’s not a cancellation, but there is speculation whether the popular ITV/PBS show will continue beyond next season, its 6th, in light of recent activity on Julian Fellowes‘ long-gestating period drama for NBC, The Gilded Age. Fellowes writes every episode of Abbey and now PBS won’t comment on the show past the next season. (Deadline)

In Development

Untitled Civil War Drama. PBS’ has ordered a 6-part scripted drama about real life nurses, one an abolitionist and one a Confederate belle, working at the same hospital in an occupied Confederate town. (THR)

Better Things. Emmy winner Pamela Adlon (Louie, Californication, King of the Hill), has a pilot order from FX for this sitcom she’s created, written and which she’ll star in. She’ll play an actor juggling professional life and personal life which includes three daughters. Louis C.K. will direct the pilot. (THR)

Minority Report. The previously reported TV spin-off has recruited Mark Myod (Once Upon a Time) to direct the pilot. Set 10 years after events of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller, it will tell the story of a precog struggling with leading a normal life in spite of his premonitions and a female detective with a troubled past who tries to help him.  (Deadline)

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